Social sustainability: from personal to political
From Anna Christiansen
Walter Osika, MD, PhD, Director of the Center for Social Sustainability, and Associate Professor at the Center for Psychiatry Research, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet
Christin Mellner is a PhD, researcher and senior lecturer, Department of Psychology, Stockholm University
Otto Simonsson PhD, University of Oxford, Postdoc, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet
The world is currently facing multiple challenges related to mental health and well-being issues, organizational change and disruption, and social and political polarization. Over the last five years, Walter Osika, Otto Simonsson and Christin Mellner have been researching the role of different interventions in addressing personal, inter-personal and inter-group sustainability in terms of conflict and disconnection, as well as stress and resilience within various contexts. In this session they will present qualitative and quantitative research at the private life-, workplace-, and political level related to the emerging concept of the Inner Development Goals. They will draw upon the growing body of evidence on the impact of interventions based on ACT and self-leadership as well as contemplative practices such as mindfulness- and compassion-based exercises on the association between inner transformation and outer sustainability.